The Village Blacksmith

- By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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(m.1831; died 1835)Frances Elizabeth Appleton Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the fireside poets from New England.

The Village Blacksmith

Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
 
His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate’er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.
 
Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.
 
And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And near the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.
 
He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson pray and preach,
He hears his daughter’s voice,
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.
 
It sounds to him like her mother’s voice,
Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his haul, rough hand he wipes
A tear out of his eyes.

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Bellows : a device with an air bag that emits a stream of air when squeezed together with two handles, used for blowing air into a fire

Smithy : a blacksmith's workshop; a forge.

Sinewy : consisting of or resembling sinews.

Smith : a worker in metal

Brawny : physically strong; muscular

Chaff : the husks of corn or other seed separated by winnowing or threshing.

Crisp : (of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle, especially in a way considered pleasing or attractive

Parson : a beneficed member of the clergy; a rector or a vicar.

Choir : an organized group of singers, typically one that takes part in church services or performs regularly in public

Spark : a small fiery particle thrown off from a fire, alight in ashes, or produced by striking together two hard surfaces such as stone or metal

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